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data and computer communications

Data and Computer Communications

Chapter 17 – Wireless LANs

Eighth Edition

by William Stallings

Lecture slides by Lawrie Brown

high speed lan s
High Speed LANs

Investigators have published numerous reports of birds taking turns vocalizing; the bird spoken to gave its full attention to the speaker and never vocalized at the same time, as if the two were holding a conversation

Researchers and scholars who have studied the data on avian communication carefully write the (a) the communication code of birds such has crows has not been broken by any means; (b) probably all birds have wider vocabularies than anyone realizes; and (c) greater complexity and depth are recognized in avian communication as research progresses.

—The Human Nature of Birds, Theodore Barber

overview of wireless lans
Overview of Wireless LANs
  • use wireless transmission medium
  • issues of high prices, low data rates, occupational safety concerns, & licensing requirements now addressed
  • key application areas:
    • LAN extension
    • cross-building interconnect
    • nomadic access
    • ad hoc networking
cross building interconnect
Cross-Building Interconnect
  • connect LANs in nearby buildings
  • point-to-point wireless link
    • Not a LAN per se
  • connect bridges or routers
nomadic access
Nomadic Access
  • link LAN hub & mobile data terminal
    • laptop or notepad computer
    • enable employee to transfer data from portable computer to server
  • also useful in extended environment such as campus or cluster of buildings
    • users move around with portable computers
    • may wish access to servers on wired LAN
ad hoc networking
Ad Hoc Networking
  • temporary peer-to-peer network
wireless lan requirements
Wireless LAN Requirements
  • throughput - efficient use wireless medium
  • no of nodes - hundreds of nodes across multiple cells
  • connection to backbone LAN - using control modules
  • service area - 100 to 300 m
  • low power consumption - for long battery life on mobiles
  • transmission robustness and security
  • collocated network operation
  • license-free operation
  • handoff/roaming
  • dynamic configuration - addition, deletion, and relocation of end systems without disruption to users
  • infrared (IR) LANs
    • individual cell of IR LAN limited to single room
    • IR light does not penetrate opaque walls
  • spread spectrum LANs
    • mostly operate in ISM (industrial, scientific, and medical) bands
    • no Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licensing is required in USA
  • narrowband microwave
    • microwave frequencies but not use spread spectrum
    • some require FCC licensing
infrared lans
Infrared LANs
  • constructed using infrared portion of spectrum
  • strengths
    • spectrum virtually unlimited hence high rates possible
    • unregulated spectrum
    • infrared shares some properties of visible light
      • reflection covers room, walls isolate networks
    • inexpensive and simple
  • weaknesses
    • background radiation, e.g. sunlight, indoor lighting
    • power limited by concerns for eye safety and power consumption
infrared lans transmission techniques
Infrared LANsTransmission Techniques
  • directed-beam IR
    • point-to-point links
    • range depends on power and focusing
    • for indoor use can set up token ring LAN
    • IR transceivers positioned so data circulates in ring
  • omnidirectional
    • single base station with line of sight to other stations
    • acts as a multiport repeater
    • other stations use directional beam to it
  • diffused configuration
    • stations focused / aimed at diffusely reflecting ceiling
spread spectrum lan configuration
Spread Spectrum LANConfiguration
  • usually use multiple-cell arrangement
  • adjacent cells use different center frequencies
  • configurations:
    • hub
      • connected towired LAN
      • connect to stations on wired LAN and in other cells
      • may do automatic handoff
    • peer-to-peer
      • no hub
      • MAC algorithm such as CSMA used to control access
      • for ad hoc LANs
spread spectrum lans transmission issues
Spread Spectrum LANsTransmission Issues
  • licensing regulations differ between countries
  • USA FCC allows in ISM band:
    • spread spectrum (1W), very low power (0.5W)
      • 902 - 928 MHz (915-MHz band)
      • 2.4 - 2.4835 GHz (2.4-GHz band)
      • 5.725 - 5.825 GHz (5.8-GHz band)
    • 2.4 GHz also in Europe and Japan
  • interference
    • many devices around 900 MHz: cordless telephones, wireless microphones, and amateur radio
    • fewer devices at 2.4 GHz; microwave oven
    • little competition at 5.8 GHz
ieee 802 11 bss
IEEE 802.11 - BSS
  • basic service set (BSS) building block
  • may be isolated
  • may connect to backbone distribution system (DS) through access point (AP)
  • BSS generally corresponds to cell
  • DS can be switch, wired network, or wireless network
  • have independent BSS (IBSS) with no AP
extended service set ess
Extended Service Set (ESS)
  • possible configurations:
    • simplest is each station belongs to single BSS
    • can have two BSSs overlap
    • a station can participate in more than one BSS
    • association between station and BSS dynamic
  • ESS is two or more BSS interconnected by DS
  • appears as single logical LAN to LLC
services message distribution
Services - Message Distribution
  • distribution service
    • primary service used by stations to exchange MAC frames when frame must traverse DS
    • if stations in same BSS, distribution service logically goes through single AP of that BSS
  • integration service
    • enables transfer of data between 802.11 LAN station and one on an integrated 802.x LAN
association related services
Association Related Services
  • DS requires info about stations within ESS
  • provided by association-related services
  • station must associate before communicating
  • 3 mobility transition types:
    • no transition - stationary or in single BSS
    • BSS transition - between BSS in same ESS
    • ESS transition: between BSS in different ESS
association related services24
Association Related Services
  • DS needs identity of destination statio
    • stations must maintain association with AP within current BSS
  • 3 services relate to this requirement: 
    • Association - establishes initial association between station and AP
    • Reassociation - to transfer an association to another AP
    • Disassociation - bystation or AP
medium access control
Medium Access Control
  • MAC layer covers three functional areas
    • reliable data delivery
    • access control
    • security
reliable data delivery
Reliable Data Delivery
  • 802.11 physical / MAC layers unreliable
    • noise, interference, and other propagation effects result in loss of frames
    • even with error-correction codes, frames may not successfully be received
  • can be dealt with at a higher layer, e.g. TCP
  • more efficient to deal with errors at MAC level
  • 802.11 includes frame exchange protocol
    • station receiving frame returns acknowledgment (ACK) frame
    • exchange treated as atomic unit
    • if no ACK within short period of time, retransmit
four frame exchange
Four Frame Exchange
  • can use four-frame exchange for better reliability
    • source issues a Request to Send (RTS) frame to dest
    • destination responds with Clear to Send (CTS)
    • after receiving CTS, source transmits data
    • destination responds with ACK
  • RTS alerts all stations within range of source that exchange is under way
  • CTS alerts all stations within range of destination
  • other stations don’t transmit to avoid collision
  • RTS/CTS exchange is required function of MAC but may be disabled
distributed coordination function
Distributed Coordination Function
  • DCF sublayer uses CSMA
    • if station has frame to send it listens to medium
    • if medium idle, station may transmit
    • else waits until current transmission complete
  • no collision detection since on wireless network
  • DCF includes delays that act as a priority scheme
priority ifs values
Priority IFS Values
  • SIFS (short IFS)
    • for all immediate response actions (see later)
  • PIFS (point coordination function IFS)
    • used by the centralized controller in PCF scheme when issuing polls
  • DIFS (distributed coordination function IFS)
    • used as minimum delay for asynchronous frames contending for access
sifs use
  • SIFS giveshighest priority
    • over stations waiting PIFS or DIFS time
  • SIFS used in following circumstances:
    • Acknowledgment (ACK)
      • station responds with ACK after waiting SIFS gap
      • for efficient collision detect & multi-frame transmission
    • Clear to Send (CTS)
      • station ensures data frame gets through by issuing RTS
      • and waits for CTS response from destination
    • Poll response
      • see Point coordination Function (PCF) discussion next
pifs and difs use
  • PIFS used by centralized controller
    • for issuing polls
    • has precedence over normal contention traffic
    • but not SIFS
  • DIFS used for all ordinary asynchronous traffic
point coordination function pcf
Point Coordination Function (PCF)
  • alternative access method implemented on top of DCF
  • polling by centralized polling master (point coordinator)
  • uses PIFS when issuing polls
  • point coordinator polls in round-robin to stations configured for polling
  • when poll issued, polled station may respond using SIFS
  • if point coordinator receives response, it issues another poll using PIFS
  • if no response during expected turnaround time, coordinator issues poll
  • coordinator could lock out async traffic by issuing polls
  • have a superframe interval defined
control frames
Control Frames
  • Power Save-Poll (PS-Poll)
    • request AP transmit buffered frame when in power-saving mode
  • Request to Send (RTS)
    • first frame in four-way frame exchange
  • Clear to Send (CTS)
    • second frame in four-way exchange
  • Acknowledgment (ACK)
  • Contention-Free (CF)-end
    • announces end of contention-free period part of PCF
  • CF-End + CF-Ack:
    • acknowledges CF-end to end contention-free period and release stations from associated restrictions
data frames data carrying
Data Frames – Data Carrying
  • eight data frame subtypes, in two groups
  • first four carry upper-level data
  • Data
    • simplest data frame, contention or contention-free use
  • Data + CF-Ack
    • carries data and acknowledges previously received data during contention-free period
  • Data + CF-Poll
    • used by point coordinator to deliver data & req send
  • Data + CF-Ack + CF-Poll
    • combines Data + CF-Ack and Data + CF-Poll
data frames not data carrying
Data Frames – Not Data Carrying
  • other four data frames do not carry user data
  • Null Function
    • carries no data, polls, or acknowledgments
    • carries power mgmt bit in frame control field to AP
    • indicates station is changing to low-power state
  • other three frames (CF-Ack, CF-Poll, CF-Ack + CF-Poll) same as corresponding frame in preceding list but without data
management frames
Management Frames
  • used to manage communications between stations and Aps
  • such as management of associations
    • requests, response, reassociation, dissociation, and authentication
original 802 11 physical layer dsss
Original 802.11 Physical Layer - DSSS
  • Direct-sequence spread spectrum (DSSS)
  • 2.4 GHz ISM band at 1 Mbps and 2 Mbps
  • up to seven channels, each 1 Mbps or 2 Mbps, can be used
  • depends on bandwidth allocated by various national regulations
    • 13 in most European countries
    • one in Japan
  • each channel bandwidth 5 MHz
  • encoding scheme DBPSK for 1-Mbps and DQPSK for 2-Mbps using an 11-chip Barker seq
original 802 11 physical layer fhss
Original 802.11 Physical Layer - FHSS
  • Frequency-hopping spread spectrum
    • 2.4 GHz ISM bandat 1 Mbps and 2 Mbps
    • 23 channels in Japan
    • 70 channels in USA
    • signal hopping between multiple channels based on a pseudonoise sequence
    • 1-MHz channels are used
  • hopping scheme adjustable
  • two-level Gaussian FSK modulation for 1 Mbps
  • four-level GFSK modulation used for 2 Mbps
original 802 11 physical layer infrared
Original 802.11 Physical Layer – Infrared
  • omnidirectional
  • range up to 20 m
  • 1 Mbps uses 16-PPM (pulse position modulation)
    • 4 data bit group mapped to one of 16-PPM symbols
    • each symbol a string of 16 bits
    • each 16-bit string has fifteen 0s and one binary 1
  • 2-Mbps has each group of 2 data bits is mapped into one of four 4-bit sequences
    • each sequence consists of three 0s and one binary 1
  • intensity modulation is used for transmission
802 11a
  • uses 5-GHz band (different to other variants)
    • supports higher data rates, is less cluttered
  • orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM)
    • multiple carrier signals at different frequencies
    • some bits on each channel
  • up to 48 subcarriers modulated using BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, or 64-QAM
    • subcarrier frequency spacing 0.3125 MHz
    • convolutional code at rate of 1/2, 2/3, or 3/4 provides forward error correction
    • combination of modulation technique and coding rate determines data rate
802 11b
  • extension of 802.11 DS-SS scheme
    • with data rates of 5.5 and 11 Mbps
  • chipping rate 11 MHz
    • same as original DS-SS scheme
    • Complementary Code Keying (CCK) modulation gives higher data rate with same bandwidth & chipping rate
    • also Packet Binary Convolutional Coding (PBCC) for future higher rate use
802 11g
  • higher-speed extension to 802.11b
  • operates in 2.4GHz band
  • compatible with 802.11b devices
  • combines physical layer encoding techniques used in 802.11 and 802.11b to provide service at a variety of data rates
    • ERP-OFDM for 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54Mbps rates
    • ERP-PBCC for 22 & 33Mbps rates
access and privacy services authentication
Access and Privacy Services - Authentication
  • authentication used to establish station identity
  • wired LANs assume physical connection gives authority to useLAN
  • not a valid assumption for wireless LANs
  • 802.11 supports several authentication schemes
  • does not mandate any particular scheme
  • from relatively insecure handshaking to public-key encryption
  • 802.11 requires mutually acceptable, successful authentication before association
access and privacy services deauthentication privacy
Access and Privacy Services Deauthentication & Privacy
  • Deauthentication
    • invoked whenever an existing authentication is to be terminated
  • Privacy
    • used to prevent messages being read by others
    • 802.11 allows optional use of encryption
  • original WEP security features were weak
  • subsequently 802.11i and WPA alternatives evolved giving better security
  • wireless LAN alternatives
  • IEEE 802.11 architecture and services
  • 802.11 Media Access Control
  • 802.11 Physical Layers
    • 802.11, 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g
  • Security considerations